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  • Actors: Joel Edgerton, Michael Dorman, Sebastian Gregory, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Joshua Payne
  • Directors: Jon Hewitt
  • Writers: Jon Hewitt, James M. Vernon, Shane Krause, Shayne Armstrong
  • Producers: Gary Hamilton, Grant Bradley, Ian Gibbins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026VKXRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Acolytes" on IMDb

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A tension soaked stalk and chase thriller. In their senior year of high school, James and Mark find a way to stop being the victim, they’re going to kill their nemesis… That is when they stumble upon the serial killer who will do the killing for them. The chase of their lives begins into graves of the killer’s victims…

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This has a very well written screenplay.
C. Christopher Blackshere
Sometimes they are nothing - seems strange to find a person's leg frightening or a tree scary, but cuts and loud sounds have that effect.
Perhaps the confusion arises from the fact that these characters are poorly realized and dully acted.
Noelle Eiram

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Miskowski on October 25, 2009
Format: DVD
Acolytes is a 2008 Australian film with a premise both simple and unusual: Three teenage friends stumble across a burial spot in the woods, identify a serial killer, and decide to blackmail him into committing a crime on their behalf. This is not a plan born out of restless boredom. The crime, it seems, is a form of rude justice for an act of violence that occurred several years earlier.

Present day scenes feature the friends' daily wanderings across a hideously boring suburban neighborhood. We never see concerned adults--other than law enforcement officers--taking an interest in anything they do. Loving parents will find this appalling, but honest ones will admit that a lot of teens live this way. Unsupervised and disconnected from parents who are busy working or just not that interested, the young people in this story create meaning and relationships from scratch. What they come up with is sometimes touching and sad, but it is also dangerous and potentially self-destructive.

The story deepens with a series of flashbacks. Every creepy revelation and each new act of brutality builds naturally and inexorably upon the last, until the horrific ending seems both surprising and inevitable. Only one moment, late in the film--when two of the teens rush to aid the third at their usual meeting place--seems unlikely. There is a missing bridge here, a scene of reconciliation between the two boys, which would justify the action.

Director Jon Hewitt has coaxed believable performances from his cast. And he's framed them--both teens and adults--with a soulless backdrop that makes the word "community" seem ridiculous. Both the natural world and suburban limbo are revealed as places that hold frightening mysteries, down winding roads and behind closed doors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on May 15, 2010
Format: DVD
Acolytes has a pretty simple but intriguing premise--three teens attempt a game they're not prepared to play. The game is blackmail, and the target is a cold-blooded killer. They quickly learn they're in way over their heads.

Mark is a teenager who spots a mysterious man burying something out in the woods. Probably just a dead pet, but he and his friends contemplate other possibilities--a stash of money, perhaps? They decide to go dig it up, and are flabbergasted by whay they uncover--a dead woman. When they try to report the crime over the phone, the police demand some identification. Scared, they hang up the phone instead and consider other options.

Amazing what teenagers will do when they're bored. First, they decide to track the killer down. Not trying to be heroes or anything, they do this simply out of some sick curiousity or morbid fascination. Since they know the vehicle he drives and the vicinity of where he lives, it doesn't take long.

Eventually they make another foolish decision--blackmail this psychopath. The tables soon get turned and the results could be deadly.

Really the main thing these kids needed were some adult guidance. Parents who care about them and could supervise them somewhat. No presence whatsoever of an adult who is ready to listen, and this proves to be costly.

This film does a tremendous job at developing characters and building tension. Surprisingly stellar performances from the young cast as well. There are elements of teen sexuality mixed in with the action and danger. Plus evidence of an abused childhood begin to manifest. This has a very well written screenplay.

But unfortunately this film culminates in a gruesome, horrific finale that seemed a little uneven and forced. That is the only major drawback to this film, otherwise I thought it was damn near perfect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gespect on November 9, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i gave this a five star rating but maybe it was a four and a half.
i felt that this was a very real movie. i could see much, if not all, of this having taken place. okay, for the ease of making a movie some things were simplified [like the ease of the illegal entry into a domicile. i at no point felt that this promoted nor accepted child molestation like one of the other reviewers. i will need to watch this once more to make sure that all of the lose ends were tied up. I'm very confident that there are no slip ups. there are a number of unexpected twists that made sense because of human nature's willingness to leave important details. so when a character doesn't tell others everything it's to keep up his, or her, own public perception. nobody likes to have their past embarassements waved around.

basic story: some kids received terrible torment from a guy when they were young.
now days a girl goes missing. we don't know exactly what happened but we see some clips and are left to assume.
one of the three main characters. mark, sees a guy bury something. he, also, sees the guys vehicle.
the others come back, with mark, to see what was buried. they find a body.
they deduce that the killer must be local.
while looking for the grave diggers vehicle they see their old tormenter.
the old tormentor comes after them.
mark doesn't like that one of his two friends called up the grave digger and set into motion a simple idea.
"hey, grave digger... if you don't kill our tormentor we'll turn you into the cops."

from here we see that simple plans often don't go right and can develop terrible side effects. also, there seems to be a little research that was used to come up with: what creates the sick-o's that we see as sociopaths...
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